On November 12 and 13th, the Catholic Church held a special training session to instruct priests how to perform the rite. Over 110 bishops and priests attended, hoping to learn more about how to cast out demons from the bodies of possessed people.
The article states that an exorcism includes “includes sprinkling holy water, reciting Psalms, reading aloud from the Gospel, laying on of hands and reciting the Lord’s Prayer. Some adaptations are allowed for different circumstances. The exorcist can invoke the Holy Spirit then blow in the face of the possessed person, trace the sign of the cross on the person’s forehead and command the devil to leave.”
Neal Lozano, author of Unbound: A Practical Guide to Deliverance” says one Catholic exorcist gets about 400 requests per year. But the rite is rarely performed–that same exorcist performs only two or three exorcisms yearly.
Read the full article here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40151974/ns/us_news/?gt1=43001
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- Catholic Church in US gives lessons in how to perform exorcisms (dailymail.co.uk)